Banshee Mordecai 2016
Mordecai is a kitchen-sink style proprietary red blend comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Merlot, Carignan, Cabernet Franc and Cinsault. Made as an homage to Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums, this is juicy, ripe and extremely well balanced, showing luscious roasted plum fruit, bright red cherries, and warm notes of clove and allspice. Aged for 15 months in French oak, this is plush and generous while still maintaining a marked lightness. Mordecai is the wine that has the broadest set of components to work with and the widest bulls eye to shoot for when blending. All of the elements of this wine are made with Banshee house philosophy (think: bright flavors, focus, energy, good with food), with the overreaching mandate that it is absolutely delicious. Thus, each year a medium plus bodied red is made that you could put on the table or counter anywhere at anytime and make everybody happy.
The very rough and unscientific formula is this: about a third Bordeaux varieties, about a third Rhone varieties, and about a third other varieties dominated by Zinfandel with a bit of of this or that peppered in to add interesting accent notes. Carignan sourced from a 45-year-old, organically farmed vineyard in Redwood Valley continues to expand its influence in Mordecai, acting as a bridge between the Rhone and Bordeaux lots.
The 2016 Mordecai has an enticing nose of pepper, violets, cigar and cassis. On the palate it is a mouthwatering mélange of red berry and plum flavors backed by earthy tones of herb roasted meat and fresh black trumpet giving way to a spice-laden finish.